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John Alexander GILES

Regimental number21959
Place of birthTralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Giles, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 23, Battery 107
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/133/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919
Discharge date4 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 July 1916. Proceeded to France through Southampton with 23rd Field Artillery Brigade, 31 December 1916. Transferred to 7th Field Artillery Brigade and taken on strength, 6 January 1917; proceeded on leave to England, 13 July 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 30 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 15 September 1918 (remained at duty); moved in from the field, 5 March 1919. Embarked Havre and proceeded to England, 17 March 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 18 March 1919, and marched into 2nd Training Brigade, Codford.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Sydney', 22 September 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 12 November 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 4 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILES John Alexander

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